Switzerland’s tradition of humanitarian solidarity is enshrined in its constitution. Article 54 stipulates that Switzerland “shall in particular assist in the alleviation of need and poverty”. This commitment is also in its own interests. Global political, economic and ecological changes have a direct impact on the quality of life inside Switzerland’s borders.
Switzerland cannot alone solve the problem of poverty, but it can help alleviate it by acting in solidarity with others. This spirit of solidarity is enshrined in Art. 54 para. 2 of the Federal Constitution, which states: “The Confederation shall ensure that the independence of Switzerland and its welfare is safeguarded; it shall in particular assist in the alleviation of need and poverty in the world and promote respect for human rights and democracy, the peaceful coexistence of peoples as well as the conservation of natural resources.”
International cooperation is an integral part of Switzerland’s foreign policy and economic foreign policy and its long-standing humanitarian tradition.